UnKoch George Mason?

ACADEME BLOG

BY HANK REICHMAN

This blog has in the past posted several items concerning the efforts by the notorious conservative Charles Koch Foundation to influence curriculum and even hiring at institutions of higher education.  Early last month I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion of the issue at the annual higher education conference of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), sponsored by UnKoch the Campus, a group founded by graduate students.  Since then I’ve been intending to post a longer piece on the both the Kochs and similar “philanthropic” efforts in the context of longstanding AAUP policies and concerns about inappropriate corporate interference in higher education.  I still plan to do so, but this morning I learned from both Inside Higher Ed and theChronicle of Higher Education that the Faculty Senate at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia yesterday passed two resolutions raising significant questions about recent…

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